SACRAMENTO – Gov. Jerry Brown on Thursday appointed 19 trial court judges, including three in the Bay Area.
Former University of San Francisco School of Law dean Jeffrey Brand will be joining the bench in Alameda County. It's the second Brown appointment for Brand, who once served as an administrative law judge for the state's Agricultural Labor Relations Board. Thomas Nixon was also named a judge on the Alameda County Superior Court. Nixon has been a commissioner for the court since 2002.
In San Mateo County, Jeffrey Finigan will leave his job as deputy district attorney to become a judge in the superior court. Finigan was an assistant U.S. attorney in the Northern District of California from 2004 to 2011, when he left to work as investigative counsel at the Office of the Special Inspector General for the Troubled Asset Relief Program. He has been with the San Mateo DA's office since 2012.
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